How Political “Progressives” Helped Hillary Clinton Lose the Election

People who call themselves “political progressives” are as much to blame for the election of Donald Trump as POTUS as Trump supporters.

The Democratic Party Has Failed—We Need a Radical Vision to Defeat Trumpism

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How Political “Progressives” Helped Hillary Clinton Lose the Election

Political progressives People who call themselves “political progressives” are as much to blame for the election of Donald Trump as POTUS as Trump supporters. This is because they failed to recognize that Donald Trump was a different type of political animal; one that could only be defeated by a radical agenda, not the status quo “nice guy”, ethical approach. That is because Donald Trump has no ethics or morals and should not have been given the consideration of waging an ethical battle against him. Sometimes, you have to become what you hate to defeat what you hate.

Instead, political progressives chose to wage an ethical campaign that was totally out of touch with the mainstream American citizen. The entire Left has become so sanctimonious that it will not allow itself to get dirty, even when getting dirty is the answer to a problem. In this case, the problem is Donald Trump and his supporters. It is easy to condemn the supporters as being ill-bred racist rednecks who are stuck somewhere in the 19th century. But the left-wing progressives should always remember that these common people were once their base of support, not Trump’s.

Progressive politicians (whoever they may be) should recognize these mostly working-class people as their base, and not have gotten so out of touch with these people that they alienated them and failed to adequately represent them. Hillary Clinton lost for one simple reason; she and her supporters had lost touch with the average American that they allowed themselves to become elitist and far out of reach of the base; working-class people.

Even though political progressives are in a state of denial about it, they have lost touch with people who used to feel adequately represented by them and who actually understood them and their needs. They have been co-opted by Wall Street and big business, and in doing so, have allowed themselves to be contaminated by big money as much as their conservative counterparts.

After all, as much as we might hate to admit it, most of Trump supporters are working-class people. Donald Trump is exploiting these people, as is common for members of the ruling class. He has told them what they want to hear. He has deceived them into believing that he will bring back jobs, restore the way things used to be, and bring this country back from decline.

Even though this is total bullshit, we who consider ourselves political progressives should never forget that this is the way that many Americans feel. Even though political progressives may not recognize it, most people in the United States, particularly the working class, have become very disenchanted and disillusioned with the system that governs them because it never touches base with them let alone give them what they truly need; an equal share of this nation’s wealth and more money in their pockets as recognition of their labors and sacrifices.

That is why it has been so easy for a lying charlatan like Donald Trump to come along and sway them over into his camp, even though that camp hasn’t even succeeded in delivering a decent warm campfire, let alone put more money in their pockets and the prospect of more jobs.

Until the political progressives in this country grow some balls and realize that sometimes you must fight fire with fire, nothing will change. The United States will continue to decline into a cruel society that cares very little for his fellow man. Until political progressives learn how to throw a true revolution, learn how to do battle like warriors and stop clinging to the status quo, nothing will change for the better.

The Main Reason We Should Be Scared of Donald Trump As POTUS

The Main Reason We Should Be Scared of Donald Trump As POTUS

Even though this commercial spot was posted on television by a PAC that supports Hillary Clinton, and not her real campaign, should not cause us to miss the message behind this video. It accentuates just why we should all be scared to death of the prospects of Donald Trump possibly becoming POTUS.

This video, taken from various clips of him, should convince everyone that Donald Trump is far too dangerous to be allowed anywhere near nuclear weapons, or the power to use them against anyone he sees as a potential “enemy.”

There is something very wrong with a person saying, “I love war” in a public interview with Donald Trump has done. Maybe if he had ever had a horror of experiencing the hell that war causes, Donald Trump would not be so cavalier with his attitude about it. Of course, Donald Trump has never had to go through the horrendous experience that war is because his wealthy father was able to use his money and influence to make sure that his son never had to experience it.

Anyone who says, “I love war” is nothing less than deranged. I’m starting to have very real questions about the sanity of Donald Trump. I’m starting to believe that he has more than a few screws loose if he believes own words.

Is saying these words, Donald Trump makes the think about a quote from the great socialist leader of this country, Eugene Debs, who is quoted as saying, “The master class always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles.”

 

A Psychologist Analyzes Donald Trump’s Personality – The Atlantic

Across his lifetime, Donald Trump has exhibited a trait profile that you would not expect of a U.S. president: sky-high extroversi

 

An Uncomfortable Truth about Donald Trump

  Given the state of the Republican presidential race, it’s time to acknowledge a very uncomfortable truth: Donald Trump is probably going to be the Republican nominee. The question for Democrats is simple. Who has the best chance to defeat Trump? And by any objective measure, the answer is Bernie Sanders. In …

 

Is the United States Threatened by White Supremacists?

The internal security of the United States is threatened by the ugliness of “white supremacy”.

Is The United States Threatened by White Supremacists?

White supremacistsThe internal security of the United States is threatened by the ugliness of “white supremacy”.  On August 12, 2017, white supremacists held a rally in Charlottesville, VA, and this rally turned violent as they often do. White supremacists attacked counter-demonstrators who were expressing their disdain for the beliefs of the white supremacists. As a result, the white supremacists killed a young woman and injured several other people. Now, as usual, they are acting like they are the ones being “victimized”.

If that wasn’t enough, these white supremacists have the backing of the president of the United States, Donald Trump. After the incident happened last month, he gave a statement in which he blamed “both sides” for the violence, even though the perpetrator were clearly the white supremacists.

This is the first time that Donald Trump has clearly shown himself to be a racist and white supremacist. Most of us who listen to him during his campaign already knew that he held racist beliefs, but we really did not know how deep these feelings run. Since his first statement, Donald Trump has given other statements which clearly show his sympathies lie with the white supremacists. Believe it or not, many people are surprised by these latest statements. Are these people just naïve or just plain stupid?

Unfortunately, many people have the weird idea that the entire concept of white supremacy somehow went away over the years. They are very wrong because I honestly believe that racism and white supremacy have increased over the last several years. It became very clear to me that white supremacists were gaining more power, especially with the election of an African-American, Barack Obama, as president of the United States.

White supremacy has increased in intensity and the situation has gotten much worse under Donald Trump. It is my firm belief that Donald Trump helped create the current atmosphere which supports white supremacy. This has happened because of some of the ugly racist vitriol used by then candidate Trump on the campaign trail. He made it very clear that he believes that any people of color; African-Americans, Latinos, etc., are responsible for what is wrong with this country. What is wrong with this country is that there are too many racists in positions of power in this country. One of these positions is President of the United States.

 

The Alt-Right: Who Are They?

The Alt-Right: Who Are They?  On the political scene, there seems to be a “new group” that has arisen to take part in the political process in the United States. They are the Alternative Right, also known as the “Alt-Right.” In actuality, these people have been around for a long time, …

The Left Must Always Oppose White Supremacists And Fascists

The Largest Fascist Rally in Recent Memory Is Expected This Week — Can the Left Unite Against It? http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/41532-the-largest-fascist-rally-in-recent-memory-is-expected-this-week-can-the-left-unite-against-it The Left Must Always Oppose White Supremacists and Fascists White supremacists and fascists must not be allowed to go unchecked by not only the Left but society . These peddlers of hatred and racism …

When Rich Old White Men Stop Losing Control of the United States

  The rise of Trump obliterates all other issues — campaign 2016 is now almost entirely about race Source: The Republicans Are Now Officially the Party of White Paranoia | Rolling Stone When Rich Old White Men Stop Losing Control of the United States The way I view the Republican Party of today is …

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five Points for Bernie Sanders To Consider in 2020

To the delight of many of us, Bernie Sanders has announced that he will run for President of the United States, in 2020.

A Five-Point Plan for Sanders

http://prospect.org/article/five-point-plan-sanders

Five Points for Bernie Sanders To Consider in 2020

To the delight of many of us, Bernie Sanders has announced that he will run for President of the United States, in 2020. I am elated because, I love Bernie Sanders and think he is the best choice for POTUS, but I also think that he stands a good chance of winning. Even though Bernie Sanders will be 79 at the time of collection, I still think the would be the best candidate the Democratic Party could put up against the Republican candidate. Needless to say, his age will be one thing that they will use against him. However, despite his age, Bernie Sanders is still as sharp as a tack.

In this well-written article, the author gives five points that he says Bernie Sanders should follow if he hopes to win the election, or at least make a lasting impact. The only thing that I don’t like about the article is that it gives the assumption that the Democratic Party candidate won’t be Bernie Sanders, but someone else. In this respect, it is easy to see that the author is slanted in favor of someone other than Bernie Sanders. However, despite this, his five points should not be discounted because they make good sense.

The two points I heavily agree with are where the author makes the point that Sanders supporter should not attack Hillary Clinton or whatever candidate, the Democratic Party chooses. After this past election, many supporters of Bernie Sanders openly revolted against her and voted for other candidates. They also made a point of attacking her at every given turn. This was a mistake, which I, unfortunately, must confess I made.

I think these eternal attacks by Democrats against other Democrats may be one reason Donald Trump won the presidency, even though he did not win the popular vote, and only won the presidency using the antiquated Electoral College system. In retrospect, we supporters of Bernie Sanders inadvertently helped a person who has shown themselves to be a terrible president, just because we had “sour grapes” about Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Some of us behave like spoiled children; something which we must get past in 2020 if the Democrats have any hopes of winning back the White House and Congress.

The Democrats, particularly Sanders supporters cannot allow themselves to be sucked into fighting against the Democratic candidate, even if it isn’t Bernie Sanders. We cannot shoot ourselves in the foot by stooping to infighting within our ranks. This infighting went far to help create even more disorganization within the ranks of the Democrats than already exists.

I also agree with the authors point about how the candidacy of Bernie Sanders had a very positive effect on the attitudes of many citizens of this country, especially since Sen. Sanders has always been consistent in his message of fighting Wall Street, fighting big corporations and corporate rule, fighting corporate tax advantages, raising the minimum wage, and advocating for working-class Americans. The fact the Democrats chose not to embrace these very important areas, is one reason they lost the election in 2016 to Donald Trump. They cannot, or must not, make the same mistake again.

The candidacy of Bernie Sanders in 2016 succeeded in one big area that is hugely important. It brought many voters farther to the Left than ever before. It got more voters to stop straddling the fence, and choose a side. The side they chose was mostly progressive/liberal, which is good for the United States. Americans are finally starting to wake up and see that the positions embraced by Bernie Sanders are the ones which will help this country become a better place to live.

I say this because Donald Trump, their candidate, has done absolutely nothing for the working class as he promised. He has only widened the division between many Americans, and most Americans are starting to see how bad this division is for this country.

 

An Unmistakable Message

When I first decided to run for president, my greatest fear was that if I were to run a poor campaign or did not do well, that it would be a setback not just for me, but for the ideas driving our campaign. A lot of people said we had no …
Are Younger Americans Finally Waking up?

Capitalism has only itself to blame, forcing younger Americans to look for an alternative. Source:  Millenials are ripe for socialism: A generation is rising up against neoliberal oppression – Salon.com Are Younger Americans Finally Waking Up? Finally, it seems that younger Americans, often called millennials, are finally waking up and realizing that capitalism …

 

Trump Is Lying About Not Having Business Ventures in Russia

The Curious Link Between Trump’s Moscow Tower Deal and a Ukraine “Peace Plan” – Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/08/the-curious-link-between-trumps-moscow-tower-deal-and-a-ukraine-peace-plan/

Trump Is Lying About Not Having Business Ventures in Russia

It’s very obvious that when Donald Trump says he has no business ventures in Russia, he is lying. In fact, a recent story about two of his friends trying to negotiate building a Trump Tower in Moscow, heavily implies that the president is probably about his business ventures in Russia.

It has come to light that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, and Felix Sater, who bills himself as one of Trump’s “senior advisors” offered to work out a deal that would lift economic sanctions against Russia in exchange for both financing and permits to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Obviously, someone gave them the “green light” to go forward with such a deal that would or else these two big businessmen would not risk their credibility in offering such a deal. It seems very unlikely that either of the two would take that type of risk, without someone giving them the “go ahead”. Most probably, that person who gave the “go ahead” is president Donald Trump. Who would benefit more from the branding of his name other than the man who says he has no business ventures in Russia?

The so-called deal was worked out by a Ukrainian lawmaker with pro-Kremlin views, Andriy Artemenko. According to Artemenko, who spoke with the New York Times, aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin encouraged Artemenko to pursue this plan. He then presented the plan to both Cohen and Sater. In return, they took this plan to Michael Flynn who approved it, although it is unclear whether Donald Trump had any knowledge about this deal.

In my opinion, this is about as close to a “smoking gun” linking the Trump campaign to Russia as one can get. As far as I’m concerned, this pretty much says that when Donald Trump says he has no business ventures in Russia, he is lying through his teeth. He has absolutely no credibility with me and many others. It is very obvious that the president does have business ventures in Russia.

Hopefully, this entire mess will come to light under either the investigation of Robert Mueller or the Senate intelligence committee. Either way, the hole that Donald Trump is burying himself in is getting deeper by the minute.

Another Perspective on Antifa: Good or Bad?

Antifa Violence Is Ethical? This Author Explains Why – NBC News

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/antifa-violence-ethical-author-explains-why-n796106

Another Perspective on Antifa: Good or Bad?

This video debate, linked to this article hosted by Chuck Todd on MTP Daily on MSNBC, gives a totally different perspective on the violence that occurred in Berkeley, on August 27, 2017. As you may know, either from watching the news or reading my last blog post, there was a violent confrontation between members of Antifa and supporters of Donald Trump.

In my previous post, I condemned Antifa for making those of us on the Left who are opposed to Donald Trump and his supporters, look bad. At that time, I have had a chance to rethink my position and now I am not condemning Antifa as bad as I did then. I have had a chance to rethink my position since that time, and in some ways, I can now give some support to Antifa. However, I still maintain that Antifa overreacted to a small number of Trump supporters and members of the alt-right, and used violent tactics that may not have been entirely necessary in this case.

I also concede that there are times when it may be necessary for Antifa and other groups opposed to Donald Trump and his supporters, to use force against force. This is true especially if members of the alt-right show up to a demonstration armed with rifles and sidearms, as they have many times in the past, including Charlottesville.

There may be times when it is necessary for Antifa to use violence against violence. I just argue that the violence that happened in Berkeley on August 27 wasn’t really necessary or called for.

Antifa: Hurting the Cause Of the Left Against Trump

As I was watching video of the anti-Trump demonstrations on YouTube, it was apparent to me how much Antifa is damaging the cause against Donald Trump.

FUC*K the Antifa/Anarchist/Black Bloc

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/8/28/1693928/-F-U-C-K-the-Antifa-Anarchist-Black-Bloc

Antifa: Hurting the Cause Of the Left Against Trump

As I was watching a video of the anti-Trump demonstrations on YouTube, it was apparent to me how much Antifa is damaging the cause against Donald Trump. By committing random acts of violence, as seen in the screen capture I included in this article. Antifa is actually helping supporters of Donald Trump gain the credibility they would be unable to achieve on their own. They are doing this by giving the pro-Trump something I badly need to achieve sympathy from the public; martyrs.

People always sympathize with martyrs and have the tendency to embrace whatever the martyrs represent. By and large, the supporters of Donald Trump represent everything that is wrong with America, although our Constitution guarantees them the right to believe whatever they want or say whatever they want, no matter how reprehensible it is to other people. Even though sometimes the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution is hard to defend, mostly because it gives free speech to hateful people, I will defend it because I do not in any way condone suppressing anyone’s freedom of speech. After all, I would not want my freedom of speech curtailed or interfered with.

Even though I absolutely don’t agree with what the supporters of Donald Trump stand for, in this case, racism, I also do not agree with violence being committed against them. No matter how much I may hate what they represent, especially racism, I condemn the actions of Antifa. They only make themselves look as bad as what they pretend to hate. By using violence to put forth their point, Antifa always serves to harm the cause of the Left against Donald Trump. In many ways, their actions make them guilty of “aiding and abetting the enemy”.

Ironically, the person who steps in to intervene and prevent any further attack on the person was an African-American male, one of the people that most pro-Trump supporters are against. Wouldn’t it be great if the pro-Trump supporter who was saved saw the error of his ways is supporting Donald Trump and gave up his racist beliefs, considering he actually had any such beliefs in the first place.

The word, “Antifa” means anti-fascist. Do these people honestly think that acting like fascists make them any better than the fascists that follow Donald Trump and his racist vitriol? I sure as hell don’t! I also greatly resent Antifa for acting like they represent the Left because they certainly do not represent me or anyone who shares my beliefs. I say this as a person who considers himself to be a true member of the Left.

I also greatly resent Antifa representing themselves as anarchists, because I also represent myself as an anarchist. Anarchism is a political philosophy that in no way condones the type of violence that Antifa uses to suppress people who disagree with them. Anarchism is truest, the purest sense is basically a utopian belief that is totally against violence. There is no way that Antifa can possibly call themselves true believers in anarchism.

I also found the story to be very interesting because it gives a history of the Antifa/Black Bloc movement and its origins.